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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426200951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426200953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Grout is the author of 13 travel and self-help books, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Travel & Leisure, Outside, Modern Maturity, New Age Journal, Scientific American Explorations, Snow Country, the Washington Post, and many others. She is also the midwestern stringer for People magazine and writes a travel column called "Now, Where Was I?" She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy J. Ownes on August 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
If we could just forget about work, children, pets, parents, and other responsibilities, it might be easier to find the time to have fun. The great thing about this book is that you don't have to search - the best possibilities and ideas in 4 distinct categories will guide you - Arts & crafts getaways; volunteer vacations; brain retreats; and wellness escapes. Each entry is jam-packed with the kind of important as well as peripheral information that makes me veer toward an out of the way destination. From an Architecture Fantasy Camp in Oak Park (IL), home of Frank Lloyd Wright to a Frontier Science Workshop at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (CA), there is truly something here for everyone, no matter what part of the country they hail from. Index and many Web site references included. This is a perfect birthday gift for that person in your world that is realizing a milestone in their life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
The 100 Best Vacations To Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout is a new National Geographic travel guide book with a special twist: these vacations are not to get away and veg out but to get your creative juices flowing, or to educate you, or to heal you, or to enable you to share what you know to help others. The 100 best vacations book is divided into four sections, each focusing on one of the types of trips mentioned above. The vacation experiences are described in detail, as well as what you will learn, how you can give back, and the type of people who will enjoy such an experience. The trips are within the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico and the book is written by an outstanding experienced travel writer, published frequently in top publications and the author of 13 travel books. This compilation of tour ideas and opportunities is meeting the needs of the new kind of travelers who want to have a meaningful vacation and give back to the places and people they visit, or to learn away from stresses of their normal environment. The book is EXCELLENT, with all the information you need to choose and sign up for leisure time well spent which will keep you smiling and promises to change you forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Stanfield on September 30, 2008
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I have been an international volunteer vacationer for several years and have longed for a reference that focused on the North American Continent. Chapter Two of THE 100 BEST VACATIONS TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE does just that. From digging in George Washingtons' back yard in Virginia, sewing costumes for a theatre in to Kentucky, being your version of Patch Adams at his clinic in West Virginia, to cleaning up the 3000 mile long Continental Divide Trail, Ms. Grout offers something for everyone. With many people hoping to vacation closer to home recently, here are 24 options to consider if you want to volunteer while you vacation. Thank you Pam!
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Format: Kindle Edition
The idea of this book is to do something with your vacation time other than typical package tours or sightseeing. The book is divided into chapters such as Arts & Crafts, volunteering, health, etc. The Arts & Crafts vacations were the most unique, listing places where you can go to learn to weave, make baskets, become a blacksmith, build a log house, etc. I was somewhat disappointed that the emphasis was more on outdoorsy activities--lots of hiking and nature tips. The pickings for intellectual vacations were pretty slim. There was nothing for literature lovers, for instance. Also, since the book is getting rather dated, the contact information and prices are generally out of date, but the book does provide ideas to get your imagination going.
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By Golden Tamaraw on March 15, 2013
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This book shares new information that can't be found elsewhere. It's an out-of-the-box thinking that will make the reader interested about everything that's contained here. Highly recommended for those who want to find new meaning to their lives and aren't afraid to try it.
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